Effective January 2, 2013, the Canadian Government will start accepting application for the Federal Skilled Trade Class- FSTC, this is a spin off program from the Federal Skilled Workers application.
The FSTC is for applicants who has work experience in Skilled or Trade occupations such as Welders, Carpenters, Pipe fitters, Electricians and the like.
The first requirement is for you to have an offer of employment in Canada or a certificate of qualification from a province or territory to ensure that applicants are “job ready” upon arrival.
For applicants currently living outside of Canada, it might be easier to get a Certificate of Qualification,than finding an employer willing to give you an employment offer. For reasons that will have a hard time to verify if your documents are in order.
And when you have a certificate of Qualification you might have the chance to get employment offers from Employers in Canada.
Thus, this Federal Skilled Trade Class program is highly dependent on getting your skills and experience recognized in Canada.
So, How will you be able to get a Certificate of Qualification?
First, you need to decide which province you want to settle in. Once decided, find our how you will get your skills and experience certified.
To make it easy for you, just click the link below for each province's apprenticeship programs and details how to get Certificate of Qualifications:
Alberta - Apprenticeship and Industry Training
British Columbia - Industry Training Authority
Manitoba -Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade
New Brunswick - Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labor
Newfoundland and Labrador - Apprenticeship & Trades Certification Division
Northwest Territories - Education, Culture and Employment
Nova Scotia - Apprenticeship Training Division
Nunavut - Training and Apprenticeship Opportunities
Ontario - Employment Ontario
Prince Edward Island - Apprenticeship, Training, and Certification
Québec - Skills and Vocational Qualification
Saskatchewan - Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Yukon - Department of Education
By visiting the website of institutions with jurisdiction to your trade, you will have an idea how to process it. But if you want to be guided, Canadian Immigration Consultancy can help you.
To avoid confusion, the FSTC is different from the Federal Skilled Worker application that will be open to all Managerial-O, All Skilled and Trade, and all Professional Occupations.